Maya Wind and Netta Mishly both signed the 2008 Shministim Letter: a declaration by Israeli high school students that they would not enlist in the IDF to occupy Palestinian territories and rule over Palestinian life.

Since military service is mandatory for Israeli Jews upon completing high school, Maya, Netta, and many of the dozens of teenagers who signed the letter have been sentenced to military prison, sometimes for multiple terms.

Code Pink and Jewish Voice for Peace are excited to be organizing a nationwide tour through the United States this Fall, in which these two women recount why they refused, what they have experienced as a result, and what it all means.

Upcoming Events

The Shministim are coming to a city near you! Click on the city to find all of the details about events there!


9/14: UC Hastings (San Francisco)

9/15 Seattle

9/16: UC Berkeley

9/17:  Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church (South Bay)

9/18: California Institute of Integral Studies

9/21: University of Hawaii, Manoa

9/22: University of Arizona (Tucson)

9/23: Tucson

9/24: Los Angeles and CSU Northridge

9/25: University of Southern California

9/29: Cornell University (Ithaca), Hunter College, and Columbia University

9/30: Staten Island and Queens College


10/1: John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Sarah Lawrence College

10/2: NYU

10/3: Brown University and Storrs, Connecticut

10/4: Clark University and Vassar College

10/5: Brandeis University (Waltham, MA), Harvard and Northeastern University

10/6: Central Connecticut State University and Wesleyan

10/7: Swarthmore and University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)

10/8: American University and University of Maryland (College Park)

10/9-10/11: Georgetown University and Howard University

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